If we are better educated then we will be able to resist the rise of the machines

“Poof”, replied Mary Midgley, crunching into a biscuit, when I asked if robots could meditate or write poetry. The whole idea of AI (artificial intelligence) is confused, the eminent 96-year-old philosopher continued, pointing out that self-driving cars may be made useful, even potentially life-saving, by being modelled in some ways on human agents, but they don’t thereby become quasi-people. The idea of robots becoming more and more “intelligent” and thus outdoing humans is silly, Mary concluded, because it treats intelligence like stuff, more and more of which can always be added with the effect of improving results. The stuff of science-fiction maybe, but Sunderland was listed recently in the Daily Mail’s top 10 UK “black spots” whose employment rate is likely to be adversely affected by the rise of robots.…


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